Paul Craig Roberts, old-school republican and former Reagan official known to be "father of Reaganomics" wrote an op-ed, "Impeach Now Or Face the End of Constitutional Democracy," on 7/16/07. Which prompted Thom to interview him. He argues that we are very, very close to a scenario where the Bush administration could instate a dictatorial police state yes, in America.
Reviewer:Robert B. Livingston
July 24, 2007 Subject:
Gem in the program: History of the evil word "Homeland"
Paul Craig Roberts declares that all Americans should be outraged and calling for the immediate impeachment of Bush and Cheney because of the distinct possibility of expanded war in the Middle East (attacking Iran) and the implementation of martial law at home based on unconstitutional executive orders from the White House. He does not rule out a new 9/11 incident, or "series" of incidents.
To the question, "Are you a Republican?" The conservative economist Roberts who once helped the Reagan Administration abate a crippling inflation sighs that he is unlikely to ever vote for a Republican again.
The real gem of this program is when Roberts and Thom Hartmann analyze George W. Bush's and the neocons' use of the word "homeland" to describe America under threat of terrorism. The segment includes chilling recordings of Hitler's deputy Rudolf Hess using the word's German analog.
July 22, 2007 Subject:
Impeach! Will learning be enough?
More important, now, than mere justice, impeachment holds the potential for the broad American public to learn details about this administration's practices. If the general mass public knew of the actions and motives of Cheney, Bush, et al, --even before the invasion of Iraq (How many of US know that the warrantless wiretapping was in place BEFORE 9-11? http://www.truthout.org/cgi-bin/artman/exec/view.cgi/48/16920),
they would have marched on the White House and hung 'em from the trees out front long ago.
Though the vast majority of US citizens sense that the adminstration is wrong, and out of line, detailed knowledge of the treasonous actions are not commonly known. Even those of us who have diligently kept informed, only learned bits and pieces. The truth and depth of the corruption is probably beyond belief of even the most cynical of us.
Impeachment would overcome the Dem's efforts to "tread lightly until we have the Presidency." Impeachment would allow the criminal bits and treasonous pieces to come to light. Jefferson's "informed public" must become our goal, --if "we, the people" are to have any chance to fend off their next wave. Roberts' warning is another early ripple in the pond.
How much will it take, and how long before we, the people learn enough to regain our Republic?
It is the impeachment process itself that will finally turn the Dems, who will be compelled to respond to the mass public's outrage as they learn the details of this cabal's outrageous motives and actions. As impeachment unfolds in the House, as the public becomes increasingly informed, the people's energy will be too energized to stop. The Congress will have to hurray to get to the front of the parade, Presidential Directive, and the Patriot Act, not withstanding.
The big question of the moment is not, ...will impeachment ever happen (though a huge question it remains), but is all of this late but welcome light and energy too late? Remember, it is not just the current criminals in residence, but an entire system that has stolen our democracy. It is unrestrained capitalism that has rendered both Congress and elections "unrepresentative" of we, the people.
Impeachment, and an informed public, hold the potential for the survival of the Republic.
July 21, 2007 Subject:
Scary development to a critical issue
Thanks for hosting this interview. I'm particularly disturbed by the rapid emergence of these new "emergency" presidential directives.
For those that are interested, I've recently published an essay about the May 9 Continuity of Government directive which grants dictatorial powers to the President upon an emergency declaration. The increasing bounds of executive authority is analyzed in its historical light, ending with these very recent and frightening developments.
July 20, 2007 Subject:
A disclaimer from the publisher:
I should have stated in the "author" section that this was not literally published by whiterosesociety.org or Thom Hartmann show, I published this as a fan because I felt this was urgent enough. My goal was to publish this somewhere online and then spread the word, this audio effectively, somehow, online. And I doubt Hartmann/whiterosesociety.org minds me editing and publishing this audio.
I HIGHLY recommend you who like this to go to whiterosesociety.org and subscribe to the Thom Hartmann show. You will then have access to his archive. It is the best show in the country.
Roberts states something important that should comfort the "paranoid" Americans who are afraid that our leaders are psychos: that the Bush administration would be less likely to consider pulling off a staged attack if more of us were suspicious of them having this evil potential. It helps, more than hurts, to be paranoid/ cautious. Look at what they've already done- they obviously misled us into a war that has killed HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of Iraqis. Their war profiteering buddies have become astronomically rich from this. If they're capable of this, would you put anything past them??
July 20, 2007 Subject:
This is a rational concern
I think this is a valid concern we all should have. It's not something get paranoid about. It is something we all should use as an impetus to get involved and change the direction of our country.
July 20, 2007 Subject:
Dire Warning To Go Unheeded?
These are strange days indeed! Who would ever have expected to see liberals and Reagan conservatives joining hands in an effort to bring down a Presidency for the sake of the country? That alone must send an ominous shiver through the national spine.
These are not the rants of a disaffected and powerless peerson on the margins of society. Paul Craig Roberts has dined at the highest tables of of the power elite. To hear such men as him and Bruce Fein, a former assistant Attorney General, declare in calm deliberate terms the urgent need to impeach both the President and the Vice President in order to avoid a coming dictatorship is breath taking, especially given that this President is from their own political party.
More disturbing still is Mr. Roberts prediction that his and others warnings will fail! That the American people do not have what it takes to defend their own Constitution from usurpation.
Disturbing, disheartening, demoralizing? Yes, that and more, but also the very thing needed to build the grim resolve which may soon be necessary to oppose these events and a rogue government behind them, if tragically these predictions were to come true.
To say that this is stunning radio, would be to understate refer to it only for its enntertainment value. This is necessary radio, this what radio was made for.